Below are 5 key steps in order to be able to claim a rebate for sessions with us.
- You will need to obtain from your GP (or a psychiatrist) a referral letter and a Mental Health Care Plan prior to attending for treatment. The Better Access to Mental Health Plan is a simple document outlining some very basic background information about you and stating issues you are wanting help with (for example anxiety symptoms, depression, etc.).
- Your GP may suggest you go to see a particular social worker or psychologist but you are free to choose who you wish to see for sessions.
- The referral letter does not need to specify the name of the person you will be going to see and if a name is specified you are still free to see a different person if you choose to use the same referral letter.
- You need to bring the referral letter and Better Access to Mental Health Plan when you attend your first session.
- If you have already had sessions with someone under your current Better Access to Mental Health Plan and referral you are free to change to a different Allied Health Provider if you wish and do not need a new referral to do so. You will only need a new GP referral if you have already had 6 sessions in that calendar year. A Care Plan remains current for a maximum of 3 years. It is a good idea then for you to retain a copy of the plan and referral.
- After your first 6 sessions, we are required to provide a written report to your GP. Reports we provide are comprehensive so that your GP can also understand how your mental health is progressing. However, specific details of what you have discussed remains confidential. I am happy to discuss a draft of the report with you before sending it if you wish.
- You would then need to re-visit your GP for a new referral letter before you can claim a rebate for a further 4 sessions making the total of 10. I am then required to provide another report to your GP after the 10th session.
You may feel you would like to continue with the therapy beyond 10 sessions to build on the gains you’ve made or to address the issues more deeply. Some Allied Health Practitioners would refer you onto someone else for any longer-term therapy. We are able to provide longer-term therapy. This might be say, for an additional few weeks or months to build on the gains made in the first sessions, or more on going to engage in longer-term psychotherapy.
You can elect to attend therapy sessions outside of the Medicare system (i.e. without a Better Access to Mental Health Plan and the process of GP visits, reports etc.). You do not need a referral to attend in this case – simply contact us to discuss making an appointment.